Austin in the News

Designing for Adaptability

This article, written by Mike Pierce, President of The Austin Company, and published in the September 2015 issue of Baking & Snack Magazine, takes a look at current trends impacting the baking and snack industry. When embarking on a new facility project, bakers must understand and address changes impacting facility planning and design, such as logistics, automation and sustainability, to compete and survive in the industry.

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Northrop Grumman Manned Aircraft Design Center of Excellence Awarded LEED Silver Certification

The Austin Company provided planning, architectural design, engineering and construction management/ general contractor services for new program management and engineering facility.

Melbourne, FL, September 28, 2015 – Building 228, a program management and engineering building on Northrop Grumman’s Aircraft Design Center of Excellence campus in Melbourne, Florida, was recently awarded LEED® Silver Certification.

The Austin Company (, an international design and construction firm, served as architect, engineer and construction manager/general contractor for this new 210,000 SF facility for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (

An important consideration in the building’s design and construction was incorporation of environmental and sustainability practices.

"At Northrop Grumman we're committed to protect the environment and natural resources in the communities where we work and live," said Bill Trillo, Director, Site Facilities Management East for Northrop Grumman. "Our newest building, 228, not only provides a safe and healthy workplace for our employees, it was constructed in a manner to minimize adverse impacts on our environment."

The project earned LEED® Credit points across numerous categories, including: alternative transportation – preferred parking for low emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles, water-efficient landscaping, water use reduction, optimized energy performance, green power, regionally sourced materials, recycled materials and construction waste management. 

This LEED® certification is in addition to two awards previously presented to Building 228: Design-Build Institute of America Florida Region Merit Award and Engineering News Record Southeast Regional Best Projects Award of Merit.

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A Home for the Navy's Hawkeye

Building a Modern Home for the Hawkeye Aircraft, by Scott Judy - Engineering News Record Southeast Region

Engineering News Record published this project feature on Northrop Grumman's Building 100 in a Southeast Region July 2015 issue. The Austin Company is providing planning, architectural design, engineering and construction management services for this new aircraft manufacturing facility in St. Augustine, Florida. 

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Supplying the Aerospace Industry ... Supply Chain and Location Considerations

This article, written by Frank Spano of Austin Consulting and published in the May/June 2015 issue of Trade & Industry Development, takes a closer look at supply chain considerations for the aerospace industry and its suppliers. Factors such as risk, predictability and technology are discussed, along with other location strategy considerations, helping aerospace companies select an appropriate location and manage an efficient supply chain.

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By: Frank Spano



The Austin Company Announces New Hires Across U.S. Offices

Cleveland, Ohio – May 19, 2015 – The Austin Company (, an international design, engineering, construction and location consulting firm headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, continues its growth in 2015, announcing the addition of multiple associates located in Ohio, Georgia, California, Michigan and Missouri.

The Austin Company welcomed the following associates as of May 1, 2015:

In Cleveland, Ohio …

  • Mark Hamilton, Senior Electrical Engineer
  • Aleks Daukss, Senior Estimator
  • Biljana Radic, Mechanical Engineer
  • Bianca Holtier, Purchasing Agent
  • Eric Spitzer, Architectural Designer

In Atlanta, Georgia …

  • Mickey Jackson, Process Engineer
  • Catherine Jackson, Administrative Assistant

In Irvine, California …

  • Sang Kim, Senior Architect

In Kalamazoo, Michigan …

  • Brian Green, Project Manager
  • Holly Carroll, Accounting Technician

In St. Louis, Missouri …

  • David Cousley, Vice President of Business Development
  • Vincent Martino, Project Superintendent
  • Joe DeMartino, Architectural Designer

Schedule-Driven Design

The April 2015 issue of Civil + Structural Engineer magazine features Building 228 - a design, engineering and construction management project delivered by The Austin Company for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. This award-winning project was completed 58 weeks from the start of design to occupancy, and 42 weeks from groundbreaking to occupancy.
Precast concrete cladding and structural steel framing enabled flexible sequencing to meet the compressed construction schedule ... Read More
By: Tony Su, Dan Wiegandt, Jim Robinson
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Bimbo Bakeries USA Lehigh Orograin Bakery LEED Gold-Certified with Design and Construction by The Austin Company

The design-build bakery facility project’s LEED® Gold certification is a first for Bimbo Bakeries USA.

Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, March 31, 2015 – The Austin Company (, an international design and construction firm, is pleased to announce Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) first LEED® Gold-certified bakery facility, located in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.  

The Austin Company has successfully completed multiple bakery projects for BBU and once again partnered with BBU to deliver complete design-build services for this new facility.

The 231,000 SF commercial baking facility includes Austin’s engineering and construction of the bakery and ingredients processing area, receiving and shipping facilities, packaging and warehouse areas, office and employee facilities, and other support areas.

The new facility features multiple production lines, utilizing some of the most efficient baking equipment available.

The facility was designed and constructed to support BBU’s vision for environmental sustainability and achieve LEED® standards. The LEED® Gold recognition is a first for BBU. Austin’s site work included: rain gardens, multiple infiltration ponds and riparian buffers for storm water management, highly-efficient HVAC, energy-efficient equipment and fixtures, solar tube skylights, and hot water return recirculation.

“BBU has partnered with The Austin Company on several projects and we are grateful for their efforts in helping us achieve LEED® Gold Certification on the Lehigh Valley project,” stated Jim McKeowan, Director of Environment and Sustainability, Grupo Bimbo/Bimbo Bakeries USA.

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Austin's Healthcare Division Expands with Significant Growth in New Hires and Projects

St. Louis, Missouri – February 3, 2015: The Austin Company’s healthcare and hospitals division, provider of fully-integrated design, engineering and construction solutions for acute care hospitals and other healthcare facilities, expanded in 2014 with the addition of numerous new hires in response to new project awards. This division of The Austin Company is led by experienced industry professionals who serve clients nationwide.

Tom Bice, general manager of the healthcare division, stated, “This rapid growth is a reflection of the need for Austin’s unique service approach in the healthcare marketplace, in addition to our team’s experience and expertise in serving the healthcare industry.

As of December 31, 2014, the following individuals joined Austin’s healthcare division in St. Louis …

  • Joe Arnold, Vice President of Business Development
  • Cynthia Francis, Director of Interior Design
  • Marti Steil, Senior Project Manager
  • Timothy Grant, Senior Mechanical Engineer
  • Brad Petrovic, Senior Architect
  • Phil Zimmer, Senior Designer
  • Chris Henry, Project Manager
  • Joe Levy, Civil Engineer
  • Jennifer Whitworth, Architectural Designer
  • Sara McCoy, Interior Designer
  • Stanley Matulewic, Purchasing Agent
  • Chad Pinkerton, CAD Technician

Austin’s healthcare and hospitals division utilizes The Austin Method® to provide services that empower clients in a collaborative approach with a single-source service provider. Austin’s integrated building solutions for healthcare facilities respond to the unique challenges facing today’s healthcare industry.

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Managing Daily Performance

In the January 2015 issue of Construction Superintendent eNews, we discuss what it takes to manage daily performance on a construction project and how to use tools to identify and reverse negative trends.  

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Trending Upward: Location Considerations for Aerospace Manufacturing

Aerospace and aviation facilities have been a core component of The Austin Company’s business since 1917. From the days of Curtiss Wright, to current commercial and military aircraft manufacturing facilities, Austin has been helping aerospace clients meet the demands of their manufacturing requirements by providing cost-effective, high-quality facilities on very short schedules. 

In this article in the January/February 2015 issue of Expansion Solutions magazine, we take a closer look at current trends impacting site location for manufacturing and the aerospace industry. Then, we pinpoint key factors that create an optimal location for aerospace manufacturers and their suppliers. 

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For additional information, download our whitepaper: Aircraft Manufacturing Facility Design